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Rabbit Health:
Eye Problems


In companion rabbits, dental disease is often manifested in eye symptoms. This is partially due to swelling that blocks the duct that drains tears allowing bacteria and debris to accumulate. Conjunctivitis often results.

Conjunctivitis is characterized by excessive tears, swelling, and ocular (eye) discharge. Predisposing factors other than the above mentioned dental disease include poor ventilation and urine soaked bedding which leads to high environmental ammonia levels that irritate the conjuctiva. High protein diets, hay dust, mechanical irritation, eyelid abnormalities, and trauma are also factors. Your vet will identify the underlying reason for the conjunctivitis. Any foreign body will be removed. An antibiotic ophthalmic solution will probably also be prescribed.

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